Be Careful What You Wish For

In my previous schools, if you were able to get the kids to behave and respect you and also learn something along the way, that was enough to get you through (not to mention middle school is less rigorous than high school).  I have my relationship building tools with my kids down pat, but I have not yet had a chance to really test my actual TEACHING capabilities with kids who are, shocker, eager to learn.

The Three Most Annoying Words in the English Language

We don't need people to encourage us to keep curling the 5 lb weights that obviously are a better fit for the tiny 80 year old woman in Silver Sneakers class.  We need people who are going to yell in our face as we struggle to put up the 20 lb shoulder press, and encourage you to go for that last rep before our arms fall, exhausted, but our pride swells, elated.  

Choosing the First Domino

Each time you are faced with a decision, all of the options will lead you in a specific direction. It does not necessarily mean that any of the choices will bring you to a better or worse place, it simply means that the destination will be slightly different.

Mature Communication

Communication is the lifeblood of any relationship. This includes communicating the good AND the bad. If you only communicate the positive and sweep the negative under the rug, this is like living on a diet of sugar; it's delicious, but not life-sustaining. However, if you only focus on the bad and leave out the good, that's akin to being on starvation rations; eventually, that relationship will look as bad as a wanna-be Instagram model.

LIVE for Something

Yesterday I was listening to a song, and one of the lyrics stood out to me: "Why isn't anyone willing to die for anything anymore?" (paraphrased). At first glance, being willing to die for something is the ultimate commitment.  You are willing to lay down your LIFE for this thing, which means you are willing... Continue Reading →

Living with Intention

Yesterday as I was driving into work, I realized about half way to my school that I had been driving in silence.  Normally, I have the radio blasting, pumping me up for a long day of dealing with the deep woes and immediate highs that tend to follow adolescent boys and girls. The fact that... Continue Reading →

Enjoy the Ride

Many times we succumb to society's ideals of what a journey should look like or when we should reach a certain destination. Females especially are susceptible to this pitfall. If you are making progress towards a goal, a life desire, or even simply just having fun, you are doing it right.

Awesome Begats Awesome

Potential without action is useless. There is everything right with seeing true potential inside or outside of yourself. There is everything wrong with simply sitting back and expecting great things to happen with no effort.

Validation

Feelings are ever-changing and maddeningly, unaffected by logic. Yet paradoxically, sometimes the only thing that can help change someone's emotions is the simple acknowledgment that their state of mind is real and that it is okay.

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